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2. Sally Struthers sort of lucked into her role

Actor Rob Reiner’s wife at the time, Penny Marshall, almost got the role of Gloria after he had been cast as hippy Michael “Meathead” Stivic. Sally Struthers later asked why she got the part instead and was told it was because she had “a fat face and blue eyes like Carroll O’Connor.” Penny had done a better audition but she looked too much like Jean Stapleton, and they preferred a paternal resemblance for Archie’s “little goil.”

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